Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Why Google is a "Best company to work for"

Because their toilets have heated seats and an automated bidet functionality. How do you compete with that? Sent from my iPhone

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Friday, September 25, 2009

"Consuming Louisville" is a winner!

I just wanted to give a shout-out to my friend Michelle Jones who runs Consuming Louisville. Her brilliant blog was just named Best Entertainment Blog and runner-up for Best Local Site in the LEO Weekly Readers Choice Awards.
Michelle cares more about Louisville than anyone I know, and that love comes through in her writing every day. Way to go, Michelle!

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Customer service to die for

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So, I've been using posterous for a few months now, and loving it. I especially love the posterous bookmarklet that I can use to grab content from any web page, and blog about it here.

One thing I DON'T like is that, when I use the bookmarklet, I don't have access to any HTML controls (e.g., to embed hyperlinks). So I used the feedback option on the site to make that suggestion.

I got a response back from Sachin, the founder of the company, in less than 20 minutes indicating that he liked my idea, and would add it to the queue to be evaluated.

I know that personal service like that isn't always possible, and its probably not terribly scalable. but it sure as heck is nice when you can get it.

Thanks, Sachin, for the motivation to keep my customer service top-notch.

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Religion and the Internet

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about the intersection of two important areas of my life - the social web and my faith.

I am a Christian, and am in the middle of a pretty intensive 2-year bible study program called Discipleship Curriculum. Our group meets every Monday at 6am (yes, that hurts!) and we have 4-5 hours of reading and work every week. To try and keep it all straight, I set up a private Ning site for my group.

I've actually put a lot of work into it, but it doesn't get used much. While there are a bunch of guys in my group who are on facebook, most of them have been pretty cautious (or uninterested) in the social web more broadly. And in my thoroughly unresearched opinion, that seems to be a microcosm of most American Christians.

I do read a few Christian blogs (I like the Evangelical Outpost and OpinionStreams) and the pastors at my church (Dave Stone and Kyle Idelman) have recently started blogging.

But a friend of mine, Frank Reed (of Frankly Thinking) recently asked me whether I knew of many really forward-thinking churches or ministries relative to the social web. I couldn't come up with many.

I know that there are probably more than I am aware of ... but also that there are less than there probably ought to be. Given the literally hundreds of millions of people who are using the social web, many for hours per day, it seems crazy not to have a stronger presence in the space ... if only to better understand the folks to whom we can offer help and hope.

I can't help but think that Jesus' teachings fit the social web perfectly ... he came to serve and love everyone. He came to offer wisdom, hope, and help. He came to connect people to him and to each other. All of those missions fit.

I'm going to keep pondering how the Christian movement can be more present on the web ... but in the meantime, I welcome your thoughts and ideas, be they "for, against or otherwise."

Photo by Daquella manera

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

When you stop and relax for a minute ...

It's amazing what you can find when you just STOP ... and spend some time BEING. I went outside with my daughters last week, and just sat on the curb while they were tracing themselves in sidewalk chalk.

After a while, I just listened to them while looking up at the sky. It was incredibly peaceful. I took a couple of iPhone snapshots, including the one above (more at flickr.com/chimoose). I had more or less forgotten them when I saw this on @armano's posterous ... which inspired me to share my own fluffy clouds.

Take a minute today to relax and look up!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I apologize for what I'm about to do

My wife borrowed this little garden spade from Loew's, but she had to give it back a week later. It turns out that the free trowel period had ended.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

The People's Republic may need a new PR agency

 Uphold the basic economic system with public ownership playing a dominant role, tra-la

I love this example of a slogan that the Chinese government has approved to celebrate its 60th anniversary. As a longtime corporate hack, I don't pretend to be a guru in marketing or advertising.

But even as an amateur, the slogan below doesn't seem to roll trippingly off the tongue. Perhaps its lost something in translation? ;-)

'Citizens might lift their spirits with a list of 50 officially approved slogans issued to mark national day (soldiers have been ordered to post them up and shout them in their camps). “Uphold the basic economic system with public ownership playing a dominant role and diverse forms of economic ownership developing together, and with the practice of distribution according to work being carried out as the mainstay alongside other forms of distribution,” goes a particularly snappy one.'

Thanks to the brilliantly wry writing of The Economist ...

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

What it feels like to be 9

I just spent a glorious day in my hometown that included a walk along the former railroad bed through the center of town, an amazing farmer's market (with live and excellent bluegrass tunes), a trip to the kids science museum, a birthday party, a hike in the woods and an evening swim. Along the way my brother captured this picture that sort of summed up the day for me. Sent from my iPhone

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